For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.   1 Jn 3:11  KJV

The message that was sent to a lost world.

To You and Me.

A message that is so easy to understand and yet so easy to willingly ignore. To love one another.

Love

An often overused word that can mean so many things to so many people.

All kinds of Love….love of food…love of sports…romantic love…love of family and friends…

Christian love….serving God…serving one another…preferring others before ourselves…selfless love…

The God kind of love…that doesn’t offend…that doesn’t hurt…that doesn’t demand…

That we should love one another“…

Over the past few years I have noticed a shifting away from this type of love in the church.

Yes…in the church.

“Christian love” has been replaced with a new type of “cultural love”. A type of love that really is not love because it does not extend beyond the word.It’s a new kind of “love” that doesn’t require anything of us other than to say the word. It goes something like this: church member Sally is desperate to know that someone,anyone from her church cares about her.She has endured sickness and turmoil in her home.She suffers from depression and anxiety.

She feels all alone

Her phone never rings.

Her doorbell never rings.

The mailman never brings her a card.

She needs the love of Christ extended towards her.

Sally faithfully attends services each Sunday.She’s still worshiping,still singing,still listening to the sermon.She’s doing her very best to stay engaged.Then it’s time to leave…

Martha shakes her hand and say’s “love ya” as she bounds towards the door to meet the others for lunch after church.Pastor Mike shouts to her “hey Sally we love you guys” as he runs after a staff member to remind them about something or other.

Easy love… Cultural love…Uncaring love…

Is this the message? Is this what it means to “love one another”?

Wait you say,you don’t understand.Everyone is so busy.

Uh huh. Too busy to love. Never too busy to talk about love.Too busy to show love.

If we know someone is in need what should our reaction be?

But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 1 Jn 3:17-19 (emphasis mine)
I wonder…how will we give an answer for our inability to love one another in deed and in truth?
What excuse will we give to the King of Kings on the day that we stand before Him?
41“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”  Mat 25:41-46 NKJV

This is the message….

I will accept no other, and neither should you.

Ron

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